International Observe the Moon Night
Oct 8, 2011

International Observe the Moon Night

Observatory at TELUS World of Science
11211 – 142 St., Edmonton AB

Saturday, October 8, 2011
7:00 – 10:00 PM

The RASC Edmonton Centre welcomes everyone who is interested in the Moon or the night sky in general to visit us at the Observatory to celebrate the 2nd annual International Observe the Moon Night.

View celestial objects including the Moon, through our telescopes. The Observatory features an array of telescopes operated by members of the RASC and the TELUS World of Science. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn about the sky, observe the Moon and Jupiter, and many other celestial wonders!

This event is FREE. It is also WEATHER PERMITTING *.
* In the event of inclement weather, the backup date for the telescope contest is November 5 (same time and place)

20111008_inomn_footer*** CONTEST TO WIN A FREE TELESCOPE ! ***

Young astronomers (10-17 years) are invited enter a contest to win a FREE telescope donated by the RASC Edmonton Centre.

Telescope Contest Details

Young astronomers (10-17 years) are invited to observe 5 objects in the night sky, listed below, while visiting the Observatory on September 18 and by doing so enter a draw for a telescope, donated by the RASC. The draw will be made at the October 17 RASC Meeting.

Assistance and telescopes will be available. The telescope contest entry form will be available on site or can be downloaded HERE.

  1. Find the constellations of Cassiopeia & Ursa Major (which includes the Big Dipper). Point them out to an Observatory volunteer.
  2. Observe the Moon with a telescope. Make a drawing of what you see.
  3. Use a telescope to manually find and observe one of the planets Jupiter, Uranus or Neptune. Make a drawing of what you see.
  4. Use a telescope to manually find and observe one or more of the following double stars. Describe what you see.
    – Mizar (zeta Ursa Majoris)
    – Albireo (beta Cygni)
    – Double Double (epsilon Lyrae)
    – Ras Algethi (alpha Herculis)
    – gamma Delphini
    – Almach (gamma Andromedae)
  5. Use a telescope to manually find and observe one or more of the following deep sky objects. Describe what you see.
    – M11 (Wild Duck Cluster in Scutum)
    – M13 (Great Globular Cluster in Hercules)
    – M15 (Globular Cluster in Pegasus)
    – M27 (Dumbbell Nebula in Vulpecula)
    – M31 (Andromeda Galaxy)
    – M57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra)
    – M92 (the other Globular Cluster in Hercules)
  6. Lt Cmdr Charles (Pete) Conrad became the third man to walk on the Moon in November 1969. Which statement below was spoken by Conrad as he stepped onto the Moon? (Circle your answer)
    1. I’d like to dedicate the first step … to all those who made it possible.
    2. Good luck, Mr. Gorsky.
    3. It’s been a long way, but we’re here.
    4. Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.
    5. This doesn’t look like a very good place to pull liberty but I’m proud to be here.
    6. As I stand out here in the wonders of the unknown … I sort of realize there’s a fundamental truth to our nature, Man must explore . . . and this is exploration at its greatest.

Enjoying Your Visit

Please dress for the weather and night time temperatures.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.